2019 Yield Inc. Convertible Notes
In the first quarter of 2014, NRG Yield, Inc. closed on its offering of $345 million aggregate principal amount of 3.50% Convertible Senior Notes due 2019, or the 2019 Convertible Notes. The 2019 Convertible Notes were convertible, under certain circumstances, into NRG Yield, Inc. Class A common stock, cash or a combination thereof at an initial conversion price of $46.55 per Class A common share, which is equivalent to an initial conversion rate of approximately 21.4822 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of 2019 Convertible Notes. Effective May 15, 2015, the conversion rate was adjusted to 42.9644 shares of Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of 2019 Convertible Notes in accordance with the terms of the related indenture. Interest on the 2019 Convertible Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears on February 1 and August 1 of each year, commencing on August 1, 2014. The 2019 Convertible Notes mature on February 1, 2019, unless earlier repurchased or converted in accordance with their terms. Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding August 1, 2018, the 2019 Convertible Notes will be convertible only upon the occurrence of certain events and during certain periods, and thereafter, at any time until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date. The 2019 Convertible Notes are accounted for in accordance with ASC 470-20. The equity component, the $23 million conversion option value, was recorded to NRG's noncontrolling interest for NRG Yield, Inc. with the offset to debt discount. The debt discount is being amortized to interest expense over the term of the notes. The 2019 Convertible Notes are guaranteed by NRG Yield Operating LLC and NRG Yield LLC.
The following are descriptions of certain indebtedness of NRG's project subsidiaries that are outstanding as of December 31, 2015.
Alta Wind X and Alta Wind XI due 2021
On June 30, 2015, the Company entered into a tax equity financing arrangement through which Yield Operating, a subsidiary of NRG Yield, Inc., received $119 million in net proceeds. These proceeds, as well as proceeds obtained from the June 29, 2015, NRG Yield, Inc. common stock issuance and the 2020 Convertible Notes issuance, were utilized to repay all of the outstanding project indebtedness associated with Alta Wind X and Alta Wind XI facilities. The Company also settled interest rate swaps associated with the project level debt for Alta Wind X and Alta Wind XI and incurred a fee of $17 million.
Alta Wind lease financing arrangements
Alta Wind Holdings (Alta Wind II - V) and Alta I have finance lease obligations issued under lease transactions whereby the respective operating entities sold and leased back undivided interests in specific assets of the projects. All of the assets of Alta I-V are pledged as collateral under these arrangements. The sale and related lease transactions are accounted for as financing arrangements as the operating entities have continued involvement with the property.
Amount in millions, except rates
Lease Financing Arrangement
Letter of Credit Facility
Amount Outstanding as of December 31, 2015
Amount Outstanding as of December 31, 2015
Alta Wind I
Alta Wind II
Alta Wind III
Alta Wind IV
Alta Wind V
High Lonesome Mesa Facility
Prior to the Company's acquisition of EME, an intercompany tax credit agreement related to the High Lonesome Mesa facility was terminated. The termination resulted in an event of default under the project financing arrangement. The Company received additional default notices for various items. The facility is secured by the assets of High Lonesome Mesa and is non-recourse to NRG.
On November 3, 2015, the lender sent a notice of acceleration and indicated that it will accept the Company's interest in the assets in lieu of repayment. As of December 31, 2015, $57 million was outstanding under the project financing agreement. On January 27, 2016, High Lonesome Mesa, LLC (HLM) filed at FERC for approval to transfer 100% of the ownership interests in HLM to subsidiaries of the lien holders (Macquarie Bank Limited and Hannon Armstrong Capital, LLC). HLM requested FERC